NFP-NPT N e w s l e t t e r
The Netherlands Fellowship
Programmes (NFP) providing an opportunity to reflect on the administration of the current NFP
programmes and to inform the fellowship officers about new
The Netherlands Programme for developments in Dutch higher education and alumni policies. It also gave
the Institutional Strengthening of us a chance to look ahead to mid 2006, when the current programmes will
enter a new phase.
Post-secondary Education and
The international conference ‘A Changing Landscape’ also included a
Training Capacity (NPT) forward-looking aspect. This was done from the perspective of a number of
distinct interest groups. Based on an analysis of the trends and challenges
August 2005 which higher education and research in developing countries are facing,
the delegates assessed the effectiveness of the various external aid
programmes: sectoral programmes, institutional cooperation
Contents programmes, scholarship programmes, research programmes and
technical assistance. Based on experiences and insights, the delegates
NFP Master’s degree programmes 2005: identified a number of key areas and formulated recommendations for
Allocation of fellowships 2 improvements.
Introducing NFP offecers:Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith
Nuffic organized both conferences for good reason. Good governance
NFP people meet in The Hague 4
requires moments to reflect on how the programmes are administrated
Status of NFP Calls for tenders 5 and to listen to feedback from the various interested parties. Any changes
Column 6 made to programmes when entering a new phase should be based on
Nuffic conference ‘A Changing Landscape’ 7 acquired insight into the current programmes and on the experiences of
NPT helps introduce competency based training sister organizations in other countries with similar programmes. In this
(CBT) in polytechnic education in Ghana 8 regard, both meetings proved successful and a wealth of international
Status of NPT Calls for tenders 9 experiences and insights were gathered, both from the North and the
Questions and answers about tendering 11 South, and from donors and programme administrators. It is now our job
Monitoring the NPT programme in Guatemala 11
to use this rich source of information effectively in the coming period.
Theo Oltheten: from Bamako to Jakarta 12
The NFP and NPT programmes in brief 13
Countries eligible for NFP 14
As well as these two reports, this edition includes a number of articles and
The 15 NPT countries 14 the regular features. You will find news about the payment of MVV fees by
NFP fellowship holders and an announcement of a meeting of the
Netherlands Alumni Association, due to start on 25 August in The Hague.
Meeting to learn There are also articles on the composition of the NFP course list 2006 and
on the allocation of master’s degree scholarships in 2005.
This edition includes the abridged reports of In the NPT programme, attention is given to the role of problem-based
two important meetings that were organized in learning (PBL) in NPT projects in Ghana, monitoring the NPT Programme
May 2005 by Nuffic’s Department for Human in Guatemala and a meeting of bidders and potential bidders in the
Resource and Institutional Development. The Netherlands, where experiences of the tender process were shared.
first was a workshop for NFP fellowship
officers, who deal with NFP applications at Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith Hoogmoed take to the limelight in the
Dutch embassies, while the second was an ‘Introducing Officers’ feature. Both ladies work for the NFP programmes. In
international conference which aimed to allow July, Theo Oltheten, newly appointed education specialist at the Dutch
experts to share ideas on effective support to embassy in Jakarta, paid a visit to Nuffic to find out more about the Nuffic-
higher education and research in developing administrated programmes that he will be dealing with in Indonesia. A
countries. Both meetings took place in The short report of his visit is included.
The workshop was particularly aimed at Editor
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NFP Master’s degree As the diagram below shows, only 11% (408) of all qualified
NFP applicants were awarded a fellowship. This means that
programmes 2005: Allocation compared to last year’s figures, the chances of being awarded
an NFP master’s fellowship were even lower. Only one
of fellowships fellowship could be awarded for an average of nine qualified
applications. 89% of all applicants were or are yet to be
In 2005, there were two fellowship allocation rounds rejected, of which 3% were directly rejected by Nuffic, as they
for NFP Master’s. This is the first time that there had did not meet all of the NFP criteria. In total, 3,337 (86%)
been two allocation rounds, the reason being that qualified applicants unfortunately had to be turned down,
from 2005 on, fellowships are also being made mainly for budgetary reasons.
available for programmes that start in the first quarter
of the year. The application deadline for these master’s Master's programmes 2005
degree courses starting early in the year was 1
October 2004 (at most embassies) and 1 March 2005
Allocation of fellowships
for Master’s programmes starting in September or
Master’s fellowship allocation for courses
starting in the first quarter of 2005
The NFP Course List included 45 Master’s courses that 86%
started during the period January-March 2005. In most rejected
NFP countries, the closing date for the receipt of
applications by the Dutch embassies for these early-
starting programmes was 1 October 2004. Nuffic
received some 25 applications, a rather small number
which was probably due to the fact that either the The following diagram shows the allocation of fellowships per
candidates had not been aware of this early deadline different type of institute of higher education in the
or had not been interested in an early start. Once Netherlands. The Dutch Institutes for International Educations
these applications were registered and checked, Nuffic attract a large number of applicants every year, not only from
was able to allocate six fellowships to four of the developing countries, but also from all over the world. With
early-starting programmes. The allocation was based regard to the NFP and the allocation process, which aims to
on the number of eligible applicants for each match demand through the allocation of fellowships, the large
programme. number of applications which Nuffic received for the courses
offered by these institutes has resulted in a large number of
Master’s fellowship allocation May 2005 fellowships being allocated to them by Nuffic.
In April 2005, Nuffic had received 3,745 master’s Allocation of fellow ships per
applications through the Dutch embassies which different type of institute
needed to be registered and checked. In total, 3,630
applicants met all the NFP criteria and were found to
be eligible for an NFP master’s fellowship. U niversity of
Around €11.8 million has been made available for the 31%
allocation of fellowships to courses starting in International
September or October 2005. Based on this budget, Education
and some other parameters such as the costs per 56% U niversity
fellowship per listed master’s programme, the number
of qualified applications per listed master’s
programme, and the number of qualified applications
in total, the number of fellowships available and the
distribution of fellowships among the master’s However, compared to 2004 the picture has changed
programme were calculated. For this second deadline, considerably. Particularly striking is the increase of the share
Nuffic allocated 408 fellowships to 119 master’s of universities of professional education. Their share
programmes. These were the programmes that did increased from 3% in 2004 to 13% in 2005. The share of the
generate enough applications to have been allocated public universities increased from 27% to 31%, and the share
an NFP fellowship. of the Institutes for International Education decreased from
70% to 56%.
The Dutch providers select the candidates who will Judith: “Before I started working at Nuffic, I worked for two
receive a fellowship and inform them about their years at the secretariat of SIW International Voluntary Projects.
decisions through the Dutch embassies. They should At SIW, I organized work camps in the Netherlands, where
provide Nuffic with provisional lists of selected foreign volunteers would come to work, for example, at a
candidates by 1 July, and Nuffic will inform the refugee centre or a nature reserve, and at the same time meet
embassies accordingly. Some institutions may have people from a lot of different countries. I enjoyed the
already started their logistic and organizational international environment that the job offered, and this is one
preparations for the arrival and stay of the selected ”
of the major aspects that I like about working for Nuffic too.
fellowship recipients in the Netherlands.
What kind of work do they do for the NFP programme?
For more information about NFP Master’s degree
programmes, please contact the NFP secretariat by Judith: “I work mostly on the NFP Short Courses. We run four
e-mail: NFP@nuffic.nl. deadlines a year for the short courses, which means that there
is always a lot to do! While collecting reports from finished
courses and processing subsidy requests from institutions for
forthcoming courses, application forms for the next deadline
Introducing NFP officers: already start pouring in.
Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith Besides that, I am involved in the new NFP alumni activities.
We are setting up a new website, the main aim of which is to
Hoogmoed inform alumni about interesting activities and the
opportunities to become active in a Netherlands Alumni
Association (NAA) in their home country. At the end of August
2005, an alumni kick-off meeting will be held in Delft.
Representatives from several NAAs have been invited to share
their experiences with each other and to discuss problems that
they might face while establishing and running an Alumni
Association. By publishing the report of the meeting on our
website afterwards, we are hoping that other alumni will
benefit from the results as well!”
Tjallie: “At the moment, I am mostly working with my
colleague Neda Wimmers on the master’s programmes. Since
April, we have been very busy processing almost 4,000
applications and allocating more than 400 fellowships. At the
moment we are receiving selections made by the institutions
and we have to assign grants. This requires a lot of
communication with our fellowship officers at the embassies
and our NFP contacts at the Dutch institutions. At the same
time, we also receive reports from courses that are finished, or
requests for extension of grants if when students face
Tjallie (left) and Judith (right) both started working as exceptional problems with finishing their programme on time.
programme officers at the Training and Fellowships So there are many things to do, and no two days are the
Desk of Nuffic in February 2005. same.
Tjallie: “During my studies at the University of Twente, While I spend most of my time with the master’s programme, I
I worked a lot with international students and student recently joined the Tailor-Made Training Team and I started
exchanges in my free time. It was during this time that analyzing new training outlines. The Tailor-Made Training
my interest in personal development through programmes are quite different from the master’s programme,
international exchange was developed. After working which makes it very interesting.
at the university in the internationalization department
and a job as junior consultant at a consultancy Both Judith and I enjoy our contacts with our NFP fellowship
company working on international development officers in the NFP countries very much. We enjoyed meeting
projects, I applied for a job as programme officer at some of you at the Workshop for Fellowship Officers last May.
Nuffic’s fellowships desk. This job allows me to It was really great to see and talk to you in person. Hopefully
combine all my interests and previous experiences we’ll have other opportunities to meet you again in the future” .
with international students, development projects and
higher education. ”
Announcement NFP people meet in The Hague
The Hague, 30 June 2005 - Nuffic and FION are From 17 to 20 May the four-day Workshop Fellowship Officer’s
pleased to announce a special event for Netherlands conference took place. A total of 36 fellowship officers from
Alumni Associations (NAA’s): Knowledge embassies in 34 countries came to The Hague to attend. The
Management and Networks, seminar on first two days of the workshop were held at the Ministry of
strengthening the role of Netherlands Alumni Foreign Affairs, the NFP programme donor. The last two days
Associations on 28 August - 2 September 2005 in were held at the Museum for Communication, located just
Delft, The Netherlands. round the corner from Nuffic’s own offices.
The idea came from the Chairman of the Netherlands The overall aim of the conference was to improve the way the
Alumni Association of Nepal, Mr Naresh Pradhan and Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are administrated.
was further developed by the Federation of However, we also wanted to share information with the
International Education in the Netherlands (FION), fellowship officers about current developments in higher
UNESCO-IHE and Nuffic. This one week seminar will education in the Netherlands, and about our recent alumni
be organized for representatives of selected policy. In the end, the conference also resulted in
Netherlands Alumni Associations to update them on recommendations for the new phase of the NFP due to start
recent developments in the field of Knowledge in 2006.
Management and Networking. During interactive
sessions, best practices will be shared, demands from Thanks to the inspirational leadership of workshop facilitator
alumni will be mapped, and a priority action plan will Frank Little, the delegates managed to make their way
be developed for enhancing connectivity and lifelong through a full programme. The programme was devised and
learning activities for Netherlands’ alumni. Budget the workshops provided by the Ministry’s Department of
has been approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cultural Cooperation, Education and Research (DCO), Nuffic
to allow for 10 Chairpersons of NAA’s to come to Delft and the fellowship officers themselves. A number of themes
for one week for this seminar. Three NAAs are invited were dealt with in small groups, requiring the active
to join the participants in Delft via a videoconference participation of all the delegates. The issues covered included
in their country. In due time a report of this seminar workload, visa issues, the course list, as well as assessing and
will be made available on our website advising on NFP applications and training outlines.
It wasn’t all work and no play, though. On Tuesday morning,
everyone joined in with an energetic samba dance. And on
Thursday evening everyone got a chance to wind down after
all the hard work during a trip to the beautiful bulb fields of
Participants of the WFO conference take a break for a group photo
The final day of the conference was reserved for applicants, the information to be provided by the employer of
meetings with Dutch higher education institutions and the applicant and about the applicants’ own educational and
other important contributors to the NFP programme. professional background. For the NFP tailor made training, an
A plenary question and answer session was followed important factor for successful implementation is a further
by a sort of ‘speed dating’, giving small groups of integration of NFP in the bilateral programmes or the
embassy staff the chance to put all their burning programmes realized by the Royal Netherlands Embassies.
questions to representatives of the institutions in a Fellowship Officers need support for introducing Multi Year
series of 15-minute ‘dates’. This approach, we Agreements at their embassies. Also Nuffic should be enabled
discovered afterwards, led to fruitful working to provide more assistance in the whole process, by making
relationships between all those who took part. available guidelines and standardized formats.
A number of ideas also emerged that would help improve and
Here are some of the most important initial findings of encourage communication between the various parties. These
the conference. There is a need for further included the creation of an internet discussion forum and
streamlining the procedure and the application forms regional meetings.
of the NFP Master’s, Short Courses and PhD
programmes. And for fine tuning the current All in all, it was a successful meeting and we received many
regulations about salary payment during the study positive responses from all corners of the globe.
period, the required English proficiency test for
Status of NFP calls for tenders, July 2005
Country Title of the Tailor-made Training Present Dutch winner
Albania Strengthening institutional capacities of SII Winner selected Maastricht School of
Brazil Management in Agro-biodiversity Winner selected International Agricultural Centre
Tanzania Multi media application Winner selected Radio Nederland Training
China Benchmarking of solid waste management Proposals being assessed by
Indonesia Improving Civil Society and Public Awareness Proposals being assessed by
Bhutan Auditing in an IT environment Proposals being assessed by
Kenya Building national capacity for integrated Proposals being assessed by
agricultural research for development in Kenya TEC
Colombia Quality control of the food chain / Promoción de Proposals being assessed by
la aplicación y uso de los estándares de calidad y TEC
seguridad alimentaria a través de las cadenas
Palestinian National Training of Trainers and Consultants Proposals being assessed by
Tanzania Planning and Management Call Published
As I write this, the Nuffic conference on ‘Changing Landscapes is still being prepared. A certain nervousness seems to be
getting the better of some colleagues. A conference like this is a platform for guests from all over the world, so you don’t
want to flop just when you’re about to reach your peak. Organizing a successful international meeting takes a lot of hard
work, but getting hold of sufficiently interesting papers is by no means the hardest part of the task. I can see that quite
clearly from the sidelines. Look, thinking out a position and formulating them on paper is something everyone can do. But
taking responsibility for the logistics of an international conference, that’s something that can causes sleepless nights. It
requires creativity and the ability to improvise. It requires diverse talents, such as a feeling for planning and systematic
thought, plus the flexibility to put it all together when it’s really needed.
As a visitor to the conference, you will notice little of all that hard work. You arrive, you pick up your badge and the very
latest folder of papers, abstracts and neatly printed PowerPoint presentations. You may have questions about the hotel, or
the location of an office that you want to visit. If you’re a speaker, you’ll expect a speaker’s chair, a glass of water and decent
acoustics. You might want to make some small changes to the programme so that your message comes across just that little
bit better. And all that gets sorted out as quick as you like by the helpful smiling people. Everything seems to be running like
a Swiss watch.
And because everything is going so swimmingly, and because of the hospitality and the desire to meet all the needs of the
visitors, because of all this you don’t notice how much forethought and hard work went into making it all possible.
If a conference lasts longer than a day, you’ll notice how the applause tends to tail off. It is tiring to pick up on the subtleties
of an argument, especially if it’s given in a language that is not your mother tongue. Participants become weary. The quality
of the questions and the discussions of the presentations starts to slip. There is a slight upswing when the conclusions and
recommendations are finalized with contributions from the plenary session, but then the exhaustion is complete.
Just as thanks are due to those without whom the conference would never have been a success. That’s the session
chairman, first of all. And the workshop facilitators and the rapporteurs of the discussions. And the people who managed the
logistics and event planning. In the Netherlands, it’s traditional to give these people a bunch of flowers and perhaps a bottle
of something. In the meantime, everyone is waiting for the words that bring liberation. You just want to get out of the stuffy
conference hall. Enough is enough.
And that’s why the people who really make the conference happen rarely get the public recognition they deserve. And that’s
why there’s only a half-hearted rather than full-hearted applause as a thank-you for their efforts.
I hope I’ve put that right now.
Han van der Horst
education and research in developing countries: a) promoting
Nuffic conference ‘A and maintaining the quality of education and research, b)
cooperation through networks and partnerships, c) the
Changing Landscape’ establishment of regional centres of excellence, d) better
coordination between donors and their programmes, and e)
From 23 to 25 May 2005, Nuffic hosted a conference at the benefits of flexible cooperation programmes. Together,
the Atlantic Hotel in The Hague to look at ways of they discussed the opportunities and ways to make progress
making support to higher education and research in in these areas through changes in policy, programmes,
developing countries more effective. The conference funding and/or activities.
comprised a two-day experts’ meeting and a plenary
afternoon session. The experts’ meeting was attended The results of these discussions were presented on the
by 70 specialists from 26 different countries. They Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of 60 delegates,
represented a variety of organizations and groups, representing the Dutch government, research organizations,
including: education ministries and higher education sectoral organizations and educational institutions. The
ministries of developing countries, governors and implications of the results on the establishment and running
faculty of higher education institutions in the North, of programmes to support higher education and research in
donors and programme administrators, project developing countries were discussed in smaller groups. For
implementers, and PhD students from developing each of the five sub-themes, the groups formulated a number
countries. They had been invited to talk on the of specific recommendations for further action.
conference theme from their own perspective and
with their own knowledge and experiences. The The conference resulted in a good harvest of papers offering
experts’ meeting was structured as a series of linked a veritable treasure trove of perceptions and experiences
discussion sessions in groups of varying composition. from a variety of perspectives. For the delegates and for
This format encouraged everyone to make a Nuffic, this will provide a valuable source of inspiration and
contribution. Unfortunately, the set-up was not to insight for the coming period.
everyone’s taste. A traditional set-up with speakers
and panel discussions would have been preferred by The papers presented to the experts’ meeting can be found
some. Nevertheless, all the conference delegates on the website at www.nuffic.nl/expertmeeting.
showed enormous effort and dedication. Participation
was very intensive. Nuffic will publish the proceedings of the conference and a
number of review articles, providing a summary of the
Throughout the meeting, the delegates selected five insights provided by the papers and the discussions at the
sub-themes that were considered particularly conference. All papers will be put on CD-ROM and included
important in the context of the strengthening of higher with the publication. As from mid September, the publication
can be ordered from: email@example.com. Price: EUR 15
Interaction during the Expert Meeting
per the request of Ghana itself, the NPT in this country to a
NPT helps introduce large extent focuses on polytechnic education.
competency based training The NPT is helping Ghana to implement some of the
proposals aimed at making polytechnic education more
(CBT) in polytechnic relevant to the needs of industry, equip graduates with the
required workplace and professional skills and reduce
education in Ghana graduate unemployment. More specifically, the NPT supports
the introduction of competency-based training at the country’s
The experiences of the countries referred to as the ten polytechnics and the revision of curricula in five
Asian and Far Eastern economic giants underscore the disciplines: Agricultural Engineering; Civil Engineering;
indispensable role that a well-trained and disciplined Building Construction; Fashion Design; Automobile
technical workforce could play in the development of a Engineering.
The competency-based training approach is an education and
In Ghana, polytechnic education was given the training method to help students acquire competency
mission to provide this type of technical training, required by the industrial sector. In this system, the unit of
producing a skilled workforce that is in tune with the progression is mastery of specific knowledge and skills and is
world of work, and responsive to the changing student-centred. Two key terms used in competency-based
technological needs of industry and the private sector. training are skill (a task or group of tasks performed to a
specific level of competency or proficiency) and competency
But for years the polytechnics have been consistently (a skill performed to a specific standard under specific
funded at such a low level that it is virtually impossible conditions). Competency Based Training (CBT) appears
for them to provide tertiary level education at an especially to be very useful in polytechnic education in Ghana,
acceptable minimum standard. Polytechnic curricula where students are expected to attain a small number of
suffer from serious problems, such as poor quality specific and job-related competencies.
instruction and questionable relevance. Far too often,
practical hand skills are taught not by doing, but by The five NPT projects at polytechnics will streamline CBT into
‘chalk and talk’ methods. teaching and learning activities of the institutions. Renewed
emphasis is resolutely being placed on the teaching and
Recognizing the imperative necessity to increase the acquisition of technical knowledge and skills that are
stakes of polytechnic education in the national necessary for transforming the nation’s tremendous natural
economic renaissance, Ghana commissioned a needs resources and primary commodities into wealth. As training
assessment for polytechnic education in 1999, and modules to be applied will include those directly reflecting the
subsequently invited the Japan International needs in the industrial sector, there must be more training
Cooperation Agency to work with it in developing opportunities provided by the industrial sector.
effective responses to the problems identified. This
resulted in a set of strategy and policy Most of the projects will be completed in 2008/2009.
recommendations contained in a Master Plan for
Technical Education. This plan presents a useful set of
proposals designed to substantially improve the
quality and relevance of technical education, with a
strong emphasis on the polytechnics. The plan
includes the introduction of competency-based
training; the revision of curricula, textbooks and the
qualifications framework to reflect this change; the
establishment of a single agency that will supervise all
of the existing technical education training
programmes hosted by half a dozen different
government ministries; the introduction of new study
programmes in polytechnics that respond to regional
and national potential for economic development;
affirmation of the principle of tuition fee payment for
enrolment on these new courses; and a much
stronger, demand-driven working relationship with
As a demand-driven cooperation programme, and as
Status of NPT calls for tenders, July 2005
Country Number Title or keywords to NPT project outline Present Dutch winner
Benin BEN/126 Appui au renforcement des programmes de formation et de Call published
Benin BEN/153 Renforcement de la capacité institutionnelle et pédagogique de la Retender (mid
FAST dans le domaine des Sciences et Techniques en Eau (RIP- August)
Benin BEN/145 Appui au développement de curricula de formation supérieure en Retender
Eau dans une perspective GIRE pour l’agriculture
Benin BEN/151 Appui au Développement des Filières Hydrauliques de l’EPAC Retender
Benin BEN/132 Renforcement de la formation professionnelle continue dans le PO being
secteur de l’eau de l’ Université d’Abomey-Calavi processed**
Benin BEN/159 Appui au second cycle : le développement des curricula et la PO being
formation des formateurs, bénéfiques au second cycle des lycées processed**
Benin BEN/146 Appui au renforcement des programmes de formation et de PO being
recherche agricole processed**
Colombia COL/076 Fortalecimiento de la capacidad de la Fundacion Nuevo Call published
Ethiopia ETH/160 Support to the development of faculties of Veterinary Medicine Retender
Ethiopia ETH/109 Support to the development of Departments for Computer Retender
Sciences and Information technology
Ethiopia ETH/152 Support to the establishment of IPAS and agro-pastoral PO being
curriculum development processed**
Ethiopia ETH/137 Support to the development of Faculties of Law Retender
Ghana GHA/92 Capacity Building in problem solving methodologies and Retender
training of academic staff, School of Medicine and Health
Sciences, University of Development Studies, Tamale
Ghana NCTE, NAB, NABTEX PO being
Ghana GHA/140 Strengthening agricultural engineering education and training at Call published
Tamale Polytechnic for rural development and poverty reduction
Ghana GHA/044 ICT Centre PO being
Ghana GHA/135 Capacity building of staff of the School of Medicine and Health Winner selected Maastricht
Sciences in problem-based learning methodology in medical University
Ghana GHA/142 Capacity buiding for supervisory bodies of tertiary education in Call published
Ghana GHA/155 Strengthening mathematics and science teacher training to Call published
improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching in the
teacher training colleges
Status of NPT calls for tenders, July 2005
Country Number Title or keywords to NPT project outline Present Dutch winner
Guatemala GTM/143 Formación y capacitación para la gestion integrada del recurso Call published
hidrico en el Occidente de Guatemala
Guatemala GTM/144 Combate a la impunidad ambiental en Guatemala por medio Call published
de la formación de profesionales con especialización en
Indonesia IDN/147 Water Resources and Irrigation Management (WRIM) Call published
capacity building network project
Indonesia IDN/148 Building capacity of the State Institute for Islamic Studies and Call published
associated institutes for conflict prevention, resolution and
peace building activities in Indonesia
Indonesia IDN/149 Indonesian Polytechnics Entrepreneurial Skills Development Call published
Indonesia IDN/150 Dissemination of PMRI through strengthening of teacher Call published
training institutes (DOPMRI)
Mozambique MOZ/034 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Call published
Tanzania TZA/134 Strengthening of the National Council for Technical Education Winner selected Cinop International
to facilitate development of demand driven & competence
based curricula at technical institutes in Tanzania
Tanzania TZA/136 Strengthening the training and outreach capacity of the Call published
Tanzania Institute of Accountancy
Tanzania TZA/138 Enhancing the capacity of the Institute of Rural Development TEC*
Planning for strengthening the public service in general and
local government in particular, in light of the decentralisation
process in Tanzania
Tanzania TZA/139 Strengthening Capacity of Mzumbe University to Enhance TEC*
Decentralisation and Governance in Tanzania
Tanzania TZA/141 Building the capacity of the Institute of Finance Management TEC*
(IFM) to enhance the decentralization process in Tanzania
South Africa ZAF/111 Developing the capacity of management and staff to Call published
implement the transformation processes at UNIVEN.
South Africa ZAF/112 Improving the capacity of CIAT to contribute to extension TEC*
delivery services to emerging farmers in the Western, Eastern
and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa.
Uganda Capacity building in floraculture in the Rwenzori Region PO being processed**
Uganda Upgrading capacity of technical colleges in the area of ICT PO being processed**
Yemen YEM/158 Strengthening the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Call published
Yemen Strengthening the Community Learning and Training Centres PO being processed**
(CLTC’s ) of Sana’a and Aden
Zambia ZMB/156 Capacity development for management, financing and Call published
administration at Copperbelt Secondary Teachers College and
Nkrumah College of Education
* : Proposals being screened by TEC
** : Project Outline being processed
by telephone. In certain circumstances, the TEC may even
Questions and answers about meet in person, but so far this has not been necessary.
tendering As well as the revised FAQ, a new publication will appear on
the NPT website with details of the key recommendations
After two years of experience with tender procedures that can guide bidders when formulating their proposals.
in the NPT, Nuffic thought it was a good time to
consult with bidders and potential bidders in the
Netherlands about the tender evaluation process. A
consultation meeting was held on 7 June in Utrecht.
There was a lot of interest. Sixty-five participants
representing 40 relevant institutions had registered, Monitoring the NPT programme in
but on the day we were even one chair short.
Joep Houterman, head of the Cooperation
Programmes Section at Nuffic, presented the key In March, Head of the Cooperation Programmes Section Mr
points and the known bottlenecks in the tender and Joep Houterman and Nuffic programme officer Ms Anita
evaluation process. Good practice and bad practice Hermsen went to Guatemala for a monitoring mission. The
were compared. It proved to be a practical approach Nuffic visitors gained insight into the Guatemalan situation,
because it shows bidders in real terms how they can and met in person with the staff involved in the seven
improve. During the meeting, it became clear that not ongoing NPT projects. Three NPT projects started in 2004 and
everyone is equally clear on how the evaluation that four other projects are currently in the inception phase.
process works and how we aim for objectivity in the This means that the grants have been awarded and the
appraisal process. implementing partners are now involved in making final
arrangements before the project activities start.
Questions were submitted in advance (and answers Mr Houterman and Ms Hermsen wanted to hear about the
were of course provided at the meeting), but there progress, strengths and weaknesses of these projects. They
was also an opportunity for further questions also identified possible new projects. In Guatemala, the NPT
following the presentation. The nature of the queries is directed towards two sectors/themes also supported by the
revealed not only that the NPT tender rules and Royal Netherlands Embassy: Good Governance and the
regulations sometimes require further explanation, Environment.
but the discussion also looked at matters such as With regard to monitoring, there are good feelings about a
retention problems and tender payments. This meant meeting organized on Thursday, 17 March for staff of the
that a whole range of views and improvements were various projects in both sectors. This opportunity to exchange
looked at, so that everyone got something out of it. views and communicate directly with one another, explaining
Not only the bidders went away with new ideas, but it and clarifying project objectives and strategies, proved to be
proved to be useful for Nuffic too, because a number effective. The parties identified some interesting similarities,
of issues were raised that Nuffic can play a and project staff expressed their interest in cooperating and
constructive role in. jointly developing certain issues.
So what next? It goes without saying that the results
will be examined and classified. After further analysis
and comparisons with the existing frequently asked
question on Nuffic’s website, a new and more detailed
set of questions and answers will be published. Two
examples for the revised FAQ are:
How can new organizations compete when the track
record is so important?
When an organization has limited experience with the
subject area and/or the region in question, it is A workshop on implementing and monitoring the NPT in Guatemala, 17 March.
advisable to tender together with a consortium partner
that has complementary experience. Ms Hermsen took stock of experiences with the NPT
programme in Guatemala. She recorded the following
And: positive experiences:
• project themes are important and relevant to the national
How do members of the Tender Evaluation Committee needs
communicate during the tender evaluation process? • projects are clearly related to the current situation
TEC members have intensive contacts via e-mail and
• institutional support is given at national and Marc Lamers informed him about the four NPT projects
international level which are now in the tendering phase:
• flexible approach • “The Water Resources and Irrigation Management
• high quality of technical assistance (WRIM) Capacity Building Network Project” with the
• innovations in curriculum development and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya.
didactical approaches • “Building Capacity of the State Institute for Islamic
• open communication Studies and Associated Institutes for Conflict Prevention,
• little formalism, the administrative demands of Resolution and Peace Building Activities in Indonesia”
projects are limited. with IAIN Walisongo in Semarang.
• “Indonesian Polytechnics Entrepreneurial Skills
Development Project (ESDP)” with the Asosiasi Politeknik
Indonesia (ASPI) in Bandung.
Theo Oltheten : from Bamako • “Dissemination of PMRI through Strengthening of
Teacher Training Institutes (DOPMRI)” with Institut
to Jakarta Teknologi Bandung (ITB). PMRI is the Indonesian version
of Realistic Mathematics Education, or RME.
All four projects are expected to start by the end of this year,
On Wednesday, 6 July Theo Oltheten paid Nuffic a or in January 2006 at the latest.
visit. Theo, a former employee of Nuffic, moved to
Africa four years ago to become the Education Also discussed were future projects and activities, such as
Specialist at the Dutch embassy in Bamako, Mali. the role Nuffic would like to play in supporting the rebuilding
activities in Aceh. Nuffic’s help will focus on educational
Theo is once again in the process of shifting capacity strengthening. The tsunami took the lives of many
continents. At the end of July, he and his family will people living in the costal areas and destroyed many villages
move to Indonesia, and on 1 August he will start his and infrastructure. Among those killed were also many
new job at the embassy in Jakarta. In due course, he teachers and academics, and many schools, polytechnics and
will replace the present First Secretary for Education, universities were hit as well. Initially, the NFP will be involved
Culture & Science, Ms Claudine Helleman, who has with a multiyear agreement for the training of academics;
worked for the Embassy for six years. From a country NPT might join in a later phase, when basic reconstruction in
of 12 million people to a country of 240 million with a Aceh has taken place.
completely different culture is quite a change, but
with his international experience, Theo is undaunted. Though brief, it was clear that this meeting laid the
foundation for what without doubt will be a fruitful
At Nuffic’s offices, Theo met many old friends and cooperation in the years to come.
colleagues, but the main purpose of his visit was to
meet with the people responsible for the various
cooperation programmes with Indonesia, such as NFP From left to right: Marc Lamers, Beer Schröder and Theo Oltheten
and NPT. He therefore met with
Ad Boeren, Beer Schröder and
Marc Lamers of the
Department of Human
Resource and Institutional
Beer Schröder familiarized him
with the history of cooperation
with Indonesia thus far and the
status of the NFP projects. Two
training projects have already
been concluded successfully,
“Civil Society and Public
Awareness in Combating
Corruption in Indonesia” and
“CK Net – Water &
Environmental Management” .
One project is still under
consideration, “Urban Polder
Water Management and Flood
Protection System” .
The NFP and NPT programmes in brief
The Netherlands Programme for The Netherlands Fellowship
the Institutional Strengthening of Programmes (NFP)
Post-secondary Education and Objectives and target group
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are focused
Training Capacity (NPT) on meeting the need for further training and capacity-building
in a wide range of governmental, private and non-
governmental organizations. These include educational
The NPT is an international cooperation programme institutions, planning agencies, ministries, community-based
financed by the Netherlands government. Nuffic, the organizations, and private enterprises.
Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation The NFP target group: mid-career professionals who are
in Higher Education, manages and administers the NPT nationals of one of the list of countries (see back cover).
on behalf of the Netherlands government. Candidates for an NFP fellowship must be nominated by their
employers. This nomination should contain a structured
The purpose of the programme is to help developing The NFP aims to increase the fellowships' impact by linking
countries strengthen their institutional capacity for post- them to the institutional development of organizations in
secondary education and training in a sustainable way. developing countries. Fellowships are awarded to individuals
The aim is to equip the developing countries with what but their training must occur within the development of the
they need in order to meet their own needs for training local organization for which they work.
Five NFP programmes
Characteristics of the programme The NFP offers professionals from developing countries a
The NPT is a programme of South-North cooperation chance to enrol in international degree programmes, in
in which expertise from Dutch organizations is diploma courses and in tailor made training.
mobilized to strengthen institutional capacity in the There are five NFP programmes
South. This capacity must be relevant to the sectors and • NFP Master's degree programmes
themes targeted for the Dutch bilateral support given to • NFP PhD studies
the countries in question. More general support for the • NFP Short courses
higher education sector is also a possibility, as is • NFP Tailor-made training
support for projects which cut across the chosen • NFP Refresher courses
sectors and themes.
The NPT is demand-driven and flexible, and it NFP characteristics
addresses local priorities. 'Ownership' on the part of • Priority is given to study and training that takes place
stakeholders in the South is an important feature of (partly) in one of the NFP countries;
the programme. • At least half of the budget is to be spent on candidates or
The involvement of local and/or regional expertise in the organizations in sub-Saharan Africa;
implementation of the NPT is encouraged. Local staff • Another budget aim is to spend over half on female
will be trained preferably in the region. candidates.
To achieve a good quality-price ratio, the contracts by
which Dutch organizations provide the necessary NFP multi-year agreements
services are awarded on a competitive basis. This is In 11 out of the 57 countries eligible for cooperation under
done through a public tender procedure in the NFP Nuffic can enter into a multi-year agreements (MYA) with
Netherlands. selected organizations.
In cooperation with Nuffic and the Netherlands Embassies in
Target group these countries, the selected organizations draft a three year
Support can be given to organizations in the South that staff training plan that may include components of each of the
play an important role in the development of post- above mentioned NFP programmes. Nuffic guarantees the
secondary education and training capacity. These availability of fellowships for the NFP training agreed upon in
include institutions for post-secondary education, the MYA, as long as the nominated staff members qualify for
government ministries, national commissions, and participation.
NGOs. In specific cases Nuffic can also enter into multi-year
agreements with organizations in one of the other 46 NFP
Countries participating in the NPT programme countries.
Dutch development cooperation is focused on a limited
number of countries. The countries that participate in
the NPT have been selected by the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs from among the countries with which the
Netherlands has multi-year cooperation arrangements.
Countries eligible for NFP
Afghanistan El Salvador Namibia
Albania Eritrea Nepal
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and the
Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-
Armenia Ethiopia 2 Nicaragua secondary Education and Capacity (NPT) are financed by the
Autonomous Georgia Nigeria Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programmes are
Palestinian Territories administrated by Nuffic in cooperation with Royal Netherlands
Bangladesh Ghana Pakistan Embassies and Consulates.
Benin Guatemala 2
Peru 2 C o n t ri b u to r s
Bhutan Guinea-Bissau Philippines Nuffic editorial team: Ad Boeren, Editor; Marjo Gallé, Han van der
Bolivia Honduras Horst, Anna van Marrewijk
Other Nuffic contributors to this issue: Annette van Engen, Anita
Bosnia-Hercegovina India Senegal
Hermsen, Judith Hoogmoed, Marc Lamers, Vera Musch,
Brazil Indonesia South Africa 2 Ouindinda Nikiéma, Tjallie Scheltinga, Neda Wimmers, David Wubs
Burkina Faso Iran Sri Lanka
Tra n s l a t i o n s
Cambodia Ivory Coast Suriname Chris Hopley, Nuffic
Cape Verde Jordan Tanzania 2
E - m a i l a d d re s s e s
China¹ Kenya Thailand
For NPT matters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colombia Macedonia Uganda 2 For questions about the NFP programmes: email@example.com
Costa Rica Mali Vietnam 2
We b s i te s
Cuba Moldova Yemen 2 www.nuffic.nl/nfp-npt
Ecuador 2 Mongolia Zambia
Mozambique Zimbabwe Design
Concept3 / Rotterdam
Citizens from Hong Kong and Macao are exempted L ayo u t
Countries in which Multi-year agreements can be concluded Elma Leidekker, Nuffic
P ri n t i n g
The 15 NPT countries
P h o to g ra p h s
Ad Boeren p.7 and p.12; Elma Leidekker p.3;
Benin Colombia Eritrea Serge Ligtenberg p.4; Anita Hermsen p.11
Ethiopia Ghana Guatemala
Indonesia Mozambique Rwanda October 2005
South Africa Tanzania Uganda I d e a s a n d s u g ge s t i o n s
Vietnam Yemen Zambia
The editor welcomes readers' responses. Please send your
comments, ideas and information to Anna van Marrewijk,
This NFP-NPT Newsletter can also be found at the website
www.nuffic.nl/nfp-npt/pdf in portable document format (PDF).
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Nuffic Department for Human Resource and Institutional Development
PO Box 29777
2502 LT The Hague
Phone: +31 (0)70 42 60 167
Fax: +31 (0)70 42 60 189
Head of Training and Fellowship Desk: Mr R.E.V.M. Schröder
Head of Section Cooperation Programmes: Mr J.F Houterman .